Line of the Year

HP and Samsung Honored with BLI 2014 Printer/MFP Line of the Year Awards

Winter 2014
01/22/2014

HP and Samsung Honored with BLI 2014 Printer/MFP Line of the Year Awards

January 22, 2014 – Hackensack (NJ) – Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) today announced the winners of its most coveted Line of the Year Awards in the Printer/MFP category, selecting Samsung Electronics America as the winner of its “2014 Outstanding Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year” and Hewlett-Packard Company as the winner of its “2014 Outstanding Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year.” Bestowed once a year by BLI, the world’s leading authority on document imaging devices and solutions, Line of the Year awards honor the vendors whose products are determined to be the best in their respective categories in BLI’s rigorous two-month laboratory evaluation.

The selection is made by BLI’s highly experienced staff of technicians and editors after subjecting scores of devices from every major vendor to BLI’s exhaustive, comprehensive laboratory tests. The awards recognize the manufacturers whose product lines measure up as the best throughout these evaluations.


Samsung Electronics America
2014 Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year

Hewlett-Packard Company
2014 Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year

Samsung Delivers Monochrome Excellence for the Second Time
For a second year in a row, Samsung is the clear winner of BLI’s “Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year” award. All six Samsung monochrome devices tested by BLI over the past year earned the “Highly Recommended” seal for their outstanding overall performance throughout BLI’s lab testing, while five of them also claimed individual “Pick” awards.

“Customers at every level are looking for devices that not only meet their document output needs, but can also help lower costs,” said BLI Senior Analyst for Printers and A4 MFPs Marlene Orr. “Samsung’s growth and innovation means a portfolio stocked with devices that offer a strong value proposition. From money-saving features, especially those concerning the environment, to ease of use and reliability, its A4 devices make Samsung richly deserving of this honor.”

In addition to the flawless reliability these devices demonstrated, they are also packed with cost-saving and eco-friendly features such as the Eco Tab and the Easy Eco Driver, which won a BLI “Outstanding Achievement” award for Innovation in Winter 2012.

“Samsung is honored to receive the prestigious ‘Monochrome Printer/MFP Line of the Year’ by Buyers Lab, Inc.,” said Sungwon Song, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Samsung Electronics. “Over the past year, we have introduced a series of innovations across our product lines, including the world’s first NFC laser printers. Our mono lasers enable our customers to produce high-quality marketing materials and photographs, and feature common user interfaces making them easy to use as well. This recognition by BLI recognizes Samsung’s commitment to delivering breakthrough innovation for our customers.”

HP’s Color Line Chosen Four Years Running
With a collection of award-winning and Highly Recommended devices that no traditional A4 OEM has come close to matching, HP has been honored with BLI’s “Outstanding Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year” for a fourth year in a row, and a fifth time since 2008. Over the last year, HP took home seven more individual color “Picks,” ranging from those for inkjets designed for SOHO environments to A3 hardware suitable for high-volume workgroups.

“HP devices proved productive in our testing, but that’s just the beginning,” said BLI’s Orr. “From solutions integration to their intuitive design, HP color devices have the features and tools that help make workers more productive, while the HP Access Control tool and HP Web Jetadmin can be used to limit color usage and lower cost of ownership.”

Reliability is a benchmark category of evaluation for BLI, and year after year, HP devices have shown that they’re up to the task, regardless of volume. As a group, the 17 devices listed above recorded an amazing 642,000 impressions without a single jam, while the MFPs added a cumulative 85,200 scans, also with no misfeeds. More importantly, none of the devices malfunctioned or required service.

“HP is honored to be recognized by BLI as the ‘Color Printer/MFP Line of the Year’ for the fifth time,” said David Laing, Director of Innovation, LaserJet and Enterprise Solutions, HP. “Our latest line of color printers and MFPs provide excellent print quality, multifunction capabilities and mobile solutions at price points that fit any business. The changing landscape and growing mobile workforce are forcing businesses to rethink how they manage their information. HP is addressing this challenge by offering printing technologies that increase productivity and streamline digital and paper processes.”

Stay tuned for upcoming BLI award announcements in the Energy category tomorrow

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and services to the digital imaging and document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products’ strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. Using BLI’s web-based bliQ and Solutions Center services, 40,000 professionals worldwide create extensive side-by-side comparisons of hardware and software solutions for over 15,000 products globally, including comprehensive specifications and the performance results and ratings from BLI’s unparalleled Lab, Solutions and Environmental Test Reports, the result of months of hands-on evaluation in its US and UK labs. The services, also available via mobile devices, include a comprehensive library of BLI’s test reports, an image gallery, hard to find manufacturers’ literature and valuable tools for configuring products, calculating total cost of ownership (TCO) and annual power usage. BLI also offers consulting and private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

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